- Category : 1942-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/6 - Martyr / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (9,19)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 2
Australian journalist and TV host, the inaugural producer-host of Willesee at Seven, a current affairs program for the Seven Network, 1976-1981. Formerly, he was the anchor journalist for the Nine Network, 1971-1972, and Four Corners for ABC 1969-1971. He hosted the first Australian version of This Is Your Life in 1975.
In 2002, Willesee became the 19th inductee into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame.
The son of Donald Willesee, the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Whitlam Government, Mike was also known for his patronage of the Sydney Swans, Sydney's sole Australian Rules Football team.
His brother is journalist and TV presenter Terry Willesee. He is the father of fellow journalists Amy Willesee and Michael Willesee Jr. and has another daughter Jo Willesee. He is the father-in-law of presenter and reporter Allison Langdon and journalist and writer Mark Whittaker.
His second wife was Australian actress Carol Willesee, who died in 2006, aged 59, from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease after being misdiagnosed.
In 2017 Willesee spoke about his battle with throat cancer on Australian Story. On 1 March 2019, Willesee died of throat cancer at the age of 76.